- 1917: Born on May 29, in Brookline, Massachusetts
- 1958: Elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Massachusetts on November 4
- 1960: Elected President of the United States on November 8
- 1963: Assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, by rifle shots while riding in a motorcade
PT-109: The boat commanded by Kennedy in World War II. It was a motorized torpedo boat used to attack submarines. ("PT" stands for patrol torpedo.) Torpedoes were launched from the bow of the boat. PT-109 was attacked by a Japanese destroyer on August 1, 1943.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (November 1955):
The report read as follows:
A man 37 years of age had Addison's disease for several years. He had been managed fairly successfully for several years on a program of dioxide cortisteroid acetate pellets of 150 milligrams implanted every three months and cortisone in doses of 25 milligrams daily orally. Owing to a back injury, he had a great deal of pain which interfered with his daily routine. Orthopedic consultation suggested that he might be helped by a lumbo sacra fusion together with a sacroiliac fusion. Because of the severe degree of trauma involved in these operations and because of the patient's adrenic cortical insufficiency due to the Addison's disease, it was deemed dangerous to proceed with these operations. However, since this young man would be incapacitated without surgical intervention, it was decided reluctantly to perform the operations by doing two different procedures at different times. Though this patient had marked adrenic cortical insufficiency, and though the magnitude of his surgery was great and though complications ensued post-operatively, this patient had a smooth post-operative course insofar as no Addisonian crisis ever developed.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (1850-1894): Scottish author of essays, poems, short stories and well-known adventure novels, including Treasure Island and Kidnapped.
BRUEGHELS: A 16th Century Flemish family of painter that included Pieter "the Elder," Pieter "the Younger," and Jan.
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